In our other macro photography lessons, we focus on technical subjects, like the best camera settings to use, as well as creative subjects, like compositional tips to frame a more dynamic macro image. But there is another, often overlooked technique to use to get better macro shots: point of view. That is the subject of today’s lesson.
Point of View in a Nutshell
In photography terms, point of view (POV) simply refers to the angle or perspective from which the shot is taken. In landscape photography, it’s often suggested to shoot from a low or high perspective to get a different view of the scene that most people wouldn’t often have. Doing so creates more visual interest. In portrait photography, you often hear people say to take photos at the same eye level as the subject, be that a small child or a seven-foot-tall basketball player, to show what the world is like from their perspective. This concept is useful for macro photography as well.
POV Helps Viewers Enter the Macro World
If you were to approach macro photography from a typical perspective – looking down – the resulting images, like the one above, wouldn’t be anything special. Sure, there’s a lot of detail in the bug’s back, but as we go about our day, this is the view we usually have of the world around us – it doesn’t offer anything new regarding visual information about the world in which the bug lives.